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This week’s theme is ‘Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child’! I’ve gone for a mixture; below are some books I wish I’d read as a child, and others I wish I’d read in my teens, and while I have read some of them there are others that I still haven’t read. Let me know down below if you think I should!
Gaslight by Eloise Williams: This MG novel was released back in 2017, but I wish it had been around when I was a child! Not only because I love my historical fiction, but because it’s set in Cardiff and, as I spent some of my childhood in Wales, I would have loved seeing a setting that I recognised.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: I hear nothing but praise for this classic, but it was never one I ever picked up during my childhood and, even though I own this gorgeous Puffin in Bloom edition, I’ve been hesitant to pick it up in case I don’t enjoy it as much as I could as an adult. I do want to watch the Netflix adaptation, though, so it’s time I read it!
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman: I tried reading this trilogy several times when I was younger, but for whatever reason I’ve never been able to get past that first section in Oxford. So many people love this series, though, and I sometimes feel quite sad that it wasn’t part of my childhood.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket: Another beloved children’s series, and one that, for whatever reason, just never interested me as a child. This is another one that so many people have read, though, that I kind of wish I’d read it, too.
Animorphs by K.A. Applegate: To be honest I think the pretty hideous covers are what never had me reaching for these books whenever I saw them in the library, but this letter from Applegate really makes me wish this series had been a part of my childhood.
The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher: I wish this book had been around in my teens simply because I love how it dismantles internalised misogyny – I could have used some of that when I was a baby feminist who was still learning how to be a good feminist.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers: Another one I wish I’d been able to read when I was actually a child, simply because a series about a girl who can see and break Egyptian curses is the kind of series I would have loved.
The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan: I still haven’t read this classic fantasy novel, but I have a feeling that when I do eventually get around to reading it I’ll have wished I’d read it in my teens when I hadn’t read as much high fantasy as I have now.
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder: I gave this book 5 stars when I read it in my early 20s, and I did enjoy it, but looking back it’s definitely not a 5 star book and Snyder’s work in general feels like the kind of novels I’d’ve loved as a teenager but find a little samey now.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: I needed Molly when I was a teenager! I’m so glad teenagers today have this novel, because finding plus size girls who weren’t the butt of the joke in fiction when I was a teenager was very difficult.